This is the most popular name around the globe. Practically Shankar is the principal name to invoke Shiva. Though other names like Shiva, Mahadeva, Bholenath and Neelkantha etc. are highly adorable but a devotee feels much intimacy while chanting this name ‘Shankar’. In spite of many synonyms of word ‘mother’, a sole feeling arises when we call out “Maa”. Similarly Shankar name is more acceptable among devotees. The word ‘Shankar’ is a divine sound vibration which gives rhythm to the cords of one’s heart. An ecstatic feeling is aroused in the body simply by chanting this name.
The literal meaning of Shankar is one who brings welfare to all. As per Vedic dictionary ‘Sham’ means welfare and ‘Kar’ means doer, thus Shankar means doer of all good.